chain or belt? Which does this car have? - 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring with 101,000 miles. Whats years of a Forrester have a timing chain? Someone told me that the newer Forrester's have a Chain now. Your input is appreciated. Can anyone tell me what year did the Forrester's Chain come into place? All Subaru EJ series engines from 1991 to current model shapes use a high quality rubber timing belt that is not only durable but efficient as well, and Subaru have recently adjusted their timing belt service mileage upward. The 2009-2013 Forester with a turbocharged EJ255 DOHC engine has a timing belt that also needs to be replaced at 105,000 miles. For 2011 model, the non-turbo Forester models received a newer FB25B 2.5L DOHC engine that has a timing chain instead of a belt. I own a 2003 Forrester and my son owns a 2012 Forrester. I was under the impression that this model has a timing chain so does it have a chain or a belt? Does it need to be changed out at 120,000 miles? Camshaft Belt (rubber timing belt) Forester XT turbo, WRX, and STI only Note: All 2013 Outback, Legacy, Forester 2.5 X, Impreza, BRZ, Crosstrek, and Tribeca have a timing chain, which shouldn't need replacement----I---I---I-R-I-Engine Oil/filter *1 2.5L 4 cylinder Outback, Legacy, Forester, 2.0L Impreza, BRZ, Crosstrek Synthetic 0w-20 oil required I bought a Subaru Forester Premium last week,The sale man told me from 2011 on ,the forester no longer need to replace the timing belt,because its use timing chain from now on.I bought the car with AWP plus #2 option for $26,755.00 OTD .I bought it at St,Paul MN.I think I paid too much for the car,what do you think ? timing chain or belt? Subaru Forester has a timing belt. ... By drive belt; I assume you mean a timing belt. On a 3.0 H-6, there is a timing chain in place of the belt (Very durable). Since 2013, all Subaru engines have been equipped with timing chains rather than belts - except for the high-performance Subaru WRX and WRX STI. It has a timing belt that needs to be replaced every 105,000 miles. However, timing belt tensioner bearings have proven to be less reliable and are the cause of most timing belt failures. 7 Answers. I am being told by my local Subaru Dealer that I need a timing belt change on my 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5I. What price ís about the right price ? It'll indicate in the maintenance schedule whether your model is equipped with a timing chain or a timing belt - and if it's equipped with a timing belt, how often it should be replaced. If your Subaru is older than 2013, check your owner's manual. The WRX got one more year with a timing belt in 2014, and the WRX STI still uses a timing belt to this day.